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Allan Donald reveals how this Indian duo helped Mistafizur Rahman get his ‘Fizz’ back


Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach, Allan Donald, credited Sridharan Sriram and Shrinivas Chandrasekaran for helping their struggling speedster Mustafizur Rahman regain his lost shot and play a vital role. in their ODI series win against India. Indian duo Sriram and Shrinivas, who are now Bangladesh T20’s coach and performance analyst respectively, worked with the speed driver to identify his mistakes. “Sriram and Shrinivas discovered that on his slower tee, his palm was facing the hitter,” Donald told ESPNCricinfo on the sidelines of the Opening Test which India won after 188 run times.

“It needed to be tilted more for the palm to face outside at his tee. He threw the ball several times to make the ball come out softer and a little more consistent. He worked. very hard nailed yorkers.

The 27-year-old, the most experienced of Bangladesh’s speed-watchers, has been under pressure to deliver.

“He’s a class act. When we needed a guy to take on a world-class player in Rohit Sharma, Fizz came to the party and made a great yorker to win the game. this series for us. I love working with him. Mustafiz has traveled the world. You put him in danger. I know how hard he is working right now. ” Joining the team in March, Donald has seen an uptick in Bangladesh’s bowling pace, after they’ve depended on cameras for years. They began to turn the tide with Courtney Walsh directing, followed by Ottis Gibson.

The South African great took it from there as Bangladesh’s pitchers hit the 167 catch for the year, their best record in the modes in a calendar year in more than two decades of playing. international cricket.

Ebadot Hossain’s six-stroke paved the way to victory in their History Test at Mount Maunganui, while they won a series of ODIs in South Africa, where Taskin Ahmed was rated Player of the series.

“I coach the mind. I can be more technical if I want to, but at this level you can have the best plans in the world, but you have to have the desire and the junk in your stomach, you guys. won’t get over anyone.

“I think slowly but surely we are starting to see this growing in this group. This excites me,” said the 56-year-old.

Given the growth to be substantial, Donald said: “I’ve removed the fear factor of making mistakes… I say it almost every day: don’t worry about what I think when I’m in the stands. .

“I’ve been there. I’ve been through your sufferings and mistakes. It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as we give our 100% there. You can’t even get to six points. problem.” Changing the “cautious approach” is key, he said.

The second and final test against India begins in Mirpur from Thursday.

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